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          Brantley began the 2012 season ranked No. 2 in the ASWA preseason poll. The Bulldogs finished 10-2 in 2011, losing in the second round of the playoffs 14-12 to Pickens County.

          The Bulldogs hope to make another trip to Auburn and a repeat of their championship season of 2009.




  Luverne 6   0   0   0   6  
  Brantley 14   7   6   9   36  

          Brantley jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead and appeared on their way to a big win. Luverne came back to score in the first quarter and cut the lead to 14-6 and had the momentum. The Bulldogs did not allow them to keep it very long as Andrew Parker returned the ensuing kickoff 84 yards to break the game open with a 21-6 lead.

          The Bulldogs never looked back and rolled to a 36-6 win over Luverne to open the 2012 season.


  Brantley 14   14   7   7   40  
  Kinston 0   0   0   0   0  

          Brantley traveled to Kinston in week two and dominated the game on their way to a 40-0 shutout. The Bulldogs rolled up 293 yards of offense as they jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead and added two more scores in the second half. The defense held Kinston to just 13 total yards in the game. The lone drawback from the win were 15 penalties called against Brantley.


  Brantley             55  
  Florala             8  

          Brantley racked up almost 400 yards of offense as the rolled to a 55-8 victory over the Wildcats from Florala in week three. The defense recovered four fumbles that led to points for the Bulldogs. The win improved Brantley's record to 3-0 on the season.


  Georgiana 0   0   0   0   0  
  Brantley             60  

          The No. 5 Brantley Bulldogs shutout Georgiana 60-0 at Brantley Stadium in week four to improve to 3-0 in Class 1A Region 2. It was also the seventh straight time the Bulldogs defeated Georgiana.


  Brantley 12   27   14   0   53  
  Highland Home 0   6   0   6   12  

          Brantley scored two touchdowns in the first four minutes of the game and rolled to a 53-12 over an outmanned Highland Home team. The first score came on a 55-yard pass from Andrew Parker to Nedarius Howard less than a minute into the game. Highland Home fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Brantley scored again on O.J. Guice's 17-yard run for the early 14-0 lead.

          Brantley led 39-6 by halftime as seven different players scored touchdowns for the Bulldogs. Braxton Barnes returned a punt 60 yards for one of the scores.


  Geneva County 0   0   0   0   0  
  Brantley             60  

          Andrew Parker led the way by scoring four touchdowns on only eight touches as the Brantley Bulldogs destroyed Geneva County 60-0 in week six of the season. Parker finished the night with five carries for 128 yards and two touchdowns, and two touchdowns off punt returns, one of 60 yards and one of 62 yards.

          Quarterback Andrew Lowery threw for 135 yards and a couple of touchdowns to lead the offense. O.J. Guice, Ken Owens and Xaviuss Young also scored touchdowns for the Bulldogs.


  Brantley 34   14   13   7   68  
  McKenzie 0   0   0   7   7  

          The No. 3 Brantley Bulldogs scored in almost every imaginable way in a 68-7 demolition of McKenzie in week seven. They scored 34 points in the first quarter and led 48-0 by halftime. Andrew Parker scored on a 80-yard punt return and Terence Bogen returned an interception 70 yards for another score. Kendrick Owens scored on a 60-yard run as it seemed everyone got in on the action.


  Brantley 13   22   13   0   48  
  Pleasant Home 0   0   0   0   0  

          The Brantley Bulldogs registered their fourth shutout of the season in a 48-0 win at Pleasant Home. Brantley led 20-0 with two minutes left in the first half and added two more touchdowns in a little more than one minute to take a 35-0 lead into intermission. With the win, Brantley improved to 8-0 and 6-0 in region play.

          The win assured the Bulldogs of the region championship and a No. 1 seed in the upcoming playoffs.


  Red Level 0   0   0   0   0  
  Brantley 28            55  

          The Bulldogs score four touchdowns in just five offensive plays to take an early 28-0 lead on their way to rolling over Red Level 55-0 as they celebrated homecoming. Andrew Lowery threw a 50 yard pass to Terrence Bogen on the first play of the game down to the two yard line. Andrew Parker scored two play later.

          Lowery tossed a 30-yard TD to Zane Johnson on the next play for Brantley and the defense scored on Taylor Driggers' 10-yard fumble return for a 21-0 lead. Lowery found O.J. Guice for a 17-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the Bulldogs' next drive to make the score 28-0. From there the Bulldogs cruised to the win.

          Coach David Lowery earned the 150th win of his career in the victory. His overall record at Brantley is 150-27 and 88-3 in region play.


  Elba 0   0   0   0   0  
  Brantley 15   3   7   21   46  

          Andrew Lowery scored on the opening drive and Selleven Burnett recovered a fumble for a second touchdown as Brantley jumped out to a 15-0 first quarter lead. The Bulldogs scored in every quarter on their way to a 46-0 win over Elba. Lowery finished the night completing 13-of-19 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran the football nine times for 51 yards. Andrew Parker rushed for 195 yards on 21 carries and scored once.

          Brantley concluded the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record and earned a spot in the playoffs the following week against Fruitdale.


  Fruitdale 0   0   0   0   0  
  Brantley 28   21   7   6   62  

          Brantley got off to a roaring start in the 2012 playoffs with a 62-0 shutout of Fruitdale at home. They put up 28 points in the first quarter and added 21 more before the teams went to the half. Brandon Walker scored the first touchdown and O.J. Guice followed it up with a 69-yard punt return for another.

          Walker later scored on a 40-yard interception return. Clay Haws added a 50-yards punt return for a score and Ken’yada Teague had a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown to wrap up the scoring for the evening.


  Brantley 14   20   7   7   48  
  Billingsley 0   0   0   0   0  

           The Bulldogs traveled to Billingsley to face off with the Bears in the second round of the playoffs. It was business as usual for Brantley as they rolled to an impressive 48-0 victory on the road. It was the eighth shutout of the season for the Bulldogs defense.

          Lowery finished 6-of-9 passing for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Andrew Parker finished with 150 yards rushing on 15 carries and scored four touchdowns. The game also marked a string of eleven straight game that the Bulldogs put up over forty points in a game.



  Brantley 0   6   8   6   20  
  Linden 0   14   0   0   14  

          Brantley got their first true test of the season against Linden on the road. They needed a huge drive late in the game to pull out the win. With the game tied 14-14, the Bulldogs ran the football every play but faced a fourth and goal at the three-yard line. Coach Lowery called a pass play that was executed to perfection by Andrew Lowery as he tossed the game winning touchdown to Terence Bogen.

          Linden struck first to take an early 7-0 lead in the second quarter. The score broke a string of five consecutive shutouts by the Bulldogs. It did not last long as O.J. Guice raced 75 yards with the ensuing kickoff as Brantley cut the lead to 7-6. Linden scored again with seven second remaining in the half to take a 14-6 lead into intermission. It was the first time all season Brantley had trailed.

          Andrew Parker scored on a four-yard run to tie the game and set up the game winning drive. With the win Brantley advanced one step closer to another championship.


  McIntosh 0   0   0   0   0  
  Brantley 17   16   7   6   46  

          The McIntosh Demons finished the game with minus-32 yards of offense and only two first downs. One on a penalty in the third quarter and one on a pass with 3:48 left in the game as Brantley dominated in a 46-0 shutout win.

          Andrew Lowery scored four touchdowns to lead Class 1A No. 1 Brantley to a 46-0 victory and earn a spot in next week's Super Six championship game in Auburn. Lowery scored on three 1-yard runs and added an 11-yard touchdown pass to O.J. Guice.

          The Bulldogs led 17-0 after one period of play and 34-0 by halftime as they cruised to a semi-finals win. It was their ninth shutout win of the season. the defense never allowed McIntosh to cross midfield the entire game.


  Marion County 0   0   0   0   0  
  Brantley 6   6   0   21   33  

          O.J. Guice rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown and caught two more scoring passes to lead Brantley to a 33-0 win over Marion County in the Class 1A state championship game at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn. he was named the MVP for his efforts. Brantley notched their tenth shutout of the season and fourth of the postseason. It was the Bulldogs second title in three yards.

           Andrew Parker rushed for 111 yards on 22 carries and scored on a 5-yard run. Selleven Burnett returned a fumble 79 yards for a touchdown as the defense played as they had all season long. Guice scored on a 21-yard run and caught touchdown passes of 15 and 13 yards.



          The win wrapped up a perfect 15-0 season from the Brantley Bulldogs, and the school's first title since 2009 and their fourth championship overall. The team set a school record by scoring 730 points in 2012 just shy of the state record. The team scored at least forty points in eleven consecutive games.

          The defense allowed only 47 points all season. It was the fewest given up by a Brantley team at least back to 1947. In an age of offenses, that was truly remarkable.

          Linebacker Adrian Howard, lineman Ryan Harris and defensive lineman Taylor Driggers were named to the first team all-state squad by the ASWA following the season. O.J. Guice, Selleven Burnett and Terrence Bogen were selected to the honorable mention team.

          Coach David Lowery stepped down following the season and left behind a legacy at Brantley that will be difficult to follow. His record of 156-27 with two state titles and ten region championships in a dozen seasons rank among the best of all-time at any level. His region record was 88-3.



Brantley
2012

8/31 36 Luverne . . . . . . . . . . 6
9/7 40 Kinston . . . . . . . . . . 0
9/14 55 Florala . . . . . . . . . . 8
9/21 60 Georgiana . . . . . . . . 0
9/28 53 Highland Home . . . . . 12
10/5 60 Geneva County . . . . . 0
10/12 68 McKenzie . . . . . . . . . 7
10/19 48 Pleasant Home . . . . . 0
10/26 55 Red Level . . . . . . . . 0
11/2 46 Elba . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
11/9 62 Fruitdale * . . . . . . . 0
11/16 48 Billingsley * . . . . . 0
11/23 20 Linden * . . . . . . . . . . 14
11/30 46 McIntosh * . . . . . . . . 0
12/6 33 Marion County # . . . . 0

730 15-0 47

* Playoff game
# State championship game




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